5 Steps To Embracing Your Passion For Playing Guitar

The best guitar players are passionate about their craft, spending hours studying the instrument, memorizing the chords, and learning new techniques. Even when you’re feeling frustrated, maintaining that passion is essential! Read on as Upper Marlboro guitar teacher Bako A. shares his 5 steps to success…


Think of something that you enjoy doing. Maybe it’s shopping, or maybe it’s going to the movies. Whatever it may be it does not matter. So you have that in your head of what you like to do. Alright, put that aside in your brain for a second, and think about the guitar. I’m about to pump you up.

First of all: Playing guitar is all about expressing emotion and focusing on your initial flame of inspiration. Your life can change when you embrace your passions.

Passion is one of the key elements that drives people to do things. Just like your passion that you may have with (from before) shopping, or going to the movies, guitar can be one of those things too. The great thing about guitar though is that you are able to express yourself creatively. Here are the 5 steps to embracing your passion for playing guitar:

STEP 1: Spend time looking for an amazing guitar tone that truly inspires you!
A great guitar tone is one of the secrets to playing the guitar passionately, and having a tone that inspires you will make you want to play with passion.

STEP 2: Practice expressing different emotions with the same phrase!
Do you spend time practicing your emotions on the guitar? Basically you take a musical idea such as a bend or a vibrato and express various emotions on the same note. You can express love, anger, satisfaction, frustration, success, or joy on the guitar by practicing doing a vibrato on the same note. The only difference is the way you play the note.

By learning how to express your emotions on the guitar you will definitely become more experienced at the art of passionate guitar playing. When you learn to play guitar you can play songs that other people have written and play them your own style. Slow it down or speed it up. It’s all up to you, the player. When you are learning, make it your #1 objective to express emotions while you play. Keep this in mind every time you pick up the guitar.

Also, stop seeing the fretboard as a series of notes, fret numbers, and scale patterns. Start seeing emotions that you can express on guitar. By rethinking your current guitar player mindset to work with that of a “highly expressive guitar player,” you can become a music expression virtuoso! As you practice your musical expression more, you will see huge results in all areas of your guitar playing.

STEP 3: Become a master at understanding the degrees of scales and their sound!
If you want to make more money, lose weight, or buy a new item of clothing – you’re doing it because of what you think it will give you, which is a certain emotion. For example, you believe that by losing weight you will feel more confident. Or by attracting this type of person into your life, you will feel loved. Or by making a million dollars, you will feel happy. Even if you do not understand the theory behind the music, knowing the emotion and the feeling that a particular degree produces is the most important thing.

STEP 4: Use your body and facial expression to confirm your sound!
By expressing your sound through your guitar, with the help of body movement and facial expressions, you are often able to produce a stronger, more convincing tone. However, don’t overdo your facial expressions, otherwise you might end up looking silly – do it where it make sense! The truth is, if you involve your entire body in your guitar playing, your sound and tonal expression will most certainly be more convincing and effective.

STEP 5: Become a master artist by mixing all the right elements into your guitar playing!
You must mix all the right elements to create great, PASSIONATE guitar playing! If you diligently practice your passionate side of playing the guitar, you will eventually become a master artist mixing the right elements to create an absolutely gorgeous tone. You also need great knowledge, technique, and experience to produce great guitar improvisation. If you add emotion, colors, and passion to your playing you will be able to touch the very fiber of the human heart and win over more fans listening to your guitar playing.

At the end of the day, touching emotion is what it’s all about. Make sure that each and every week you schedule some guitar expression and emotion practicing time. I wish you the greatest of success with your guitar development!


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Bako A. teaches bass guitar, dance, and guitar lessons in Upper Marlboro, MD. He joined the TakeLessons team in May 2013. Learn more about Bako, or search for a teacher near you!


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